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Vili Beros and new ECDC map Vili Beros and new ECDC map

Is Croatia’s red EU ranking really connected to number of vaccinated as Health Minister insists?

Written by  The Dubrovnik Times Sep 13, 2021

When Croatia slipped into the red zone on the Covid-19 map of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on Thursday, Health Minister Vili Beros commented that "this is partly due to non-vaccination and non-compliance with epidemiological measures." But is that the truth? Is the colour on the map be related to the percentage of vaccinated?

The answer to that question is - it can't be, writes Tportal. On the same map, on which Croatia is red, countries with an extremely high percentage of vaccinated people are also red. Minister Beroš blames the poor response to vaccinations for the colour on the map, however is this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Fortunately, the pandemic is statistically almost live, so in addition to the ECDC map, vaccination data are available to everyone. If we compare the percentage of vaccinated in the total population of a particular country, we will see that in most cases it does not match the colours of the ECDC map.

According to the latest data, also from the ECDC, in Croatia, 40.2 percent of the total population has been completely vaccinated, i.e. with two doses, and we are in the red. For example, in Romania, 26.8 percent of the population was vaccinated according to the same parameters. Romania is partly in orange, partly in green. In Malta, a huge 80.3 percent of the total population has been vaccinated. Despite that, they are in orange.

Then there are a number of European countries that are in the red, and have a percentage of vaccinated that Beroš can only dream of at the moment. Iceland - 72.6 percent, Ireland - 70.4 percent, combined with red and dark red, Portugal - 73.4 percent, Spain - 69.1 percent, Belgium (71.4 percent) and the Netherlands (62.4 percent) and they are all mostly red.

In addition to highly vaccinated countries, some extremely low-vaccinated countries, such as Bulgaria, where only 17.6 percent of the total population was vaccinated with two doses, are red, so it is impossible to conclude that the coloration on the ECDC map has any correlations with vaccination.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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